Former astronaut, engineer, and Navy Captain Mark Kelly is running for Senate in Arizona against Republican incumbent Martha McSally. His wife, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, was the first Jewish Congresswoman elected in Arizona. In 2012 she was shot in the head at a public event, and has made a remarkable recovery. Kelly and his wife created “Giffords,” an organization committed to protecting Americans from senseless acts of gun violence.
As an astronaut, Kelly was stationed with Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, and still remains close with his family. He supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and wants to promote peace and stability within the region. Kelly wants to protect Medicare and Social Security and is committed to creating a public buy-in healthcare option, as well as increasing price transparency and lowering prescription drug prices. He’s a champion for female reproductive freedom, gender pay equality, and is committed to fighting climate change. We support his plan to triple the rate of employment in Arizona and to properly invest in new research and develop better technologies that will make renewable energy more competitive, and kickstart a transition into a renewable economy.
Mary Gay Scanlon is fighting for the families of Pennsylvania’s 5th district. Since taking office, Rep. Scanlon has sponsored legislation to, among other things, protect juveniles from abuse, to block unfair loan practices against student loan borrowers, and she helped lead the debate for Congress’ vote on the Equal Rights Amendment. She has used her time in Congress to safeguard the Affordable Care Act and expand its guarantees. Rep. Scanlon has also co-sponsored legislation to bring down drug prices and hold the powerful pharmaceutical industry accountable. She is a longtime and consistent advocate for women’s reproductive rights and has fought the Trump administration on its weak approach to combating climate change. Rep. Scanlon strongly supports a two-state solution and maintaining a tight security and diplomatic relationship with Israel.